Violin Kits for New Students
Students new to violin lessons typically start with violin kits. The kit consists of a violin, bow, rosin and case.
A shoulder rest is a piece of equipment that attaches under the body of the violin that provides stability and comfort for the musician. If purchasing a shoulder rest is not immediately possible, try affixing a sponge with a rubber band.
A chin rest is a piece that fits on the top of the instrument behind the bridge, again, for stability and comfort.
Like guitars, violins are available in fractional sizes. Common sizes are 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4, the later also known as full size. For the student to reach the scroll on the head of the instrument indicates a suitably sized model. There is no downside to an instrument that seems too small, after all, there are professional ukulele and mandolin players. That being said, a larger instrument will produce more volume and may be more comfortable on the fingerboard.
Matching bow and body
Violin kits come with matching fractional size bow, though in a pinch, any size bow will work.
Violin versus fiddle
Fiddle is another name for the violin, though less esteemed. What’s the difference between a violinist and a fiddle player? About $50 per hour, so the old joke goes. Fiddle refers more to style and musical approach.